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earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
prieta quake. now, the latest. >> fresh pictures from the tsunami as the sun rises in japan revealing massive plumes of smoke, fires burning out of control and entire neighborhoods simply washed away and survivors gathered on roofs. in one parking lot, a joint s.o.s.. >> this is where it all starts. 2:46 local time. debris rains down as people rush out into the streets stunned. >> back inside this bookstore you can see the fear and incomprehension on the face of the workers. at the same moment, frantic scenes playing out across the country. ground beneath our feet gives way. school children running for their lives. news anchors wearing helmets on air and television in this office rattling uncontrollably. [ siren ] >> then round two as the tsunami siren wails. >> furious wave comes roaring in at 500 miles an hour with others lined up behind it. the walls of water crash a store with astonishing power, ma rowdy go across the countryside swallowing everything in the way. >> it looks like the tsunami has been enveloping the port. you are seen live footage of the tsunami. this is what is ha
dramatic impact in japan and even here. you can see what is going on. the before, in the after. kron 4's kate thompson spoke with nuclear power expert. >> 240 mouth itself is mount diablo, one the biggest - we are better prepared than japan. >> will upgrade our equipment against the possibility of explosscenarios. >> those in areas with retrofitting diablo canyon 15 years younger than japan. to withstand a 7.5 earthquake. >> what if there was a bigger quake and a 7.5 lowith this reactor be retrofitted for? >> the reactor in japan was built for a 7.9 but they added 8.9. what we see is that other reactors.... the building and the destruction would still be about the same. >>reporter: the radiation and spreading here. the radiation levels are low and there is very little danger for the bay area. >> japan is very far away. the radiation level is the same the you'd get from a chest x-ray. it is nothing to worry about. >>reporter: kate thompson >>pam: the cascading problems fukushima daiichi compounding the tokyo government. already struggling with relief of hundreds of thousands of people alo
news. >>> devastation in japan on the left, damage here in california on the right. after a powerful tsunami killed hundreds and roared across the pacific. good evening, everyone, i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. the monster earthquake that battered japan is literally sending shock waves around the world. the rare great wake generate add tsunami that pushed walls of water into japanese towns and villages causing untold damage and misery. ktvu's janna katsuyama is live in san francisco's japan town where this natural disaster is on almost everyone's mind. >>> well, this neighborhood has been the community and the heart of the japanese people here in san francisco. of them have that on their mind as they watch this natural disaster unfolding. the wall of water 23 feet, seven metres high that came crashing down on north eastern japan pushed people's homes and buildings off foundations and swept cars into a swirling tide of tsunami debris. today people are still feeling shock and waves of after-shock. more than 110 of them, larger than 5/0 with the largest registering 6.8.
>>> the rush to get home. people in the bay area heading to japan to check on family and friends. >> and grave new concerns about one of japan's many nuclear plants is a full >> death toll from japan's zeg 8.9 earthquake is growing by the hour. official numbers show 413 people are dead 800 others are missing and 1100 have been injured in the most powerful earthquake in recorded history for japan. >> and the nuclear safety commission says a meltdown is possible at a damaged nuclear power plant. >> travelers trying to get to japan waited today to catch a flight out of san francisco international. >> and the tsunami from the quake damaged boats and docks in sanity creates with remarkable force. in japan the prime minister is sending in 50,000 troops to help with rescue efforts. >> it's been 25 hours since the powerful quake rocked japan and released the tsunami that swallowed parts of the country. >> it's already saturday in japan and the sun rose in the morning it revealed the devastating impact. countless cities decimated by fire and flooding. it splintered buildings setting tons
>>> the experts are down playing concerns about radiation reaching california as japan suspends helicopter air drops at the crippled nuclear plant. good evening everyone i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. low levels of radiation from japan are riding the winds over the pacific tonight. sounds ominous but is it? debra villalon joins us tonight where the department of health is monitoring the air for radiation levels in the area. >> reporter: the department is monitoring changes in the atmosphere. if the radiation does arrive, scientists here will be among the first to know. it's expected to hit our coast as early as tomorrow. so diluted. radiation will be more minuscule than measurable. >> we understand everybody's concern, radiation is scary stuff. >> reporter: officials cannot say it enough, they see no health hazards. >> i'm not sure that the vision or the model of a plume this far away is -- >> no one can predict what is going to happen at the plant tomorrow. >> reporter: that uncertainty is why so much technology at so many locations is aimed at sniffing out radi
this morning on the earthquake and the tsunami in japan as well as the new tense development at one of its nuclear power stations. but before we get to that, we want to check in with rosemary because rain is on the way. hi, rosemary. >> good morning to you! today mainly dry. maybe a spritz, that's about it. by sunday we're definitely going to see the rain. tsunami advisories still in place for our local coasts. we'll update you on that in just a few moments. for today we'll be turning cloudy, by tomorrow the rain will return. and into next week looks a bit unsettled with a few storms expected to follow. this morning we are partly cloudy and cool. we'll look at your current temperatures coming up. >>> we start this morning with the very latest on the developing situation in japan following a deadly earthquake and tsunami. the 8.9 magnitude quake hit thursday night, resulting in a 23-foot tsunami that pulverized the northeastern apartment of the coast. today there was an explosion at a nuclear power station and right now a massive military response is underway to help many of those affected
for unsafe levels of radiation. >>pam: while the nuclear threat in japan is getting worse, nuclear experts from uc-berkeley say the danger here in the bay area, even if there was a complete meltdown in japan was nonexistent. kate thompson reports, they say if some radiation reached the u.s. it would be so small it would not be cause for concern. >>kate: today's danger level in the bay area on a scale of 1 to 10, one being the best and 10 being the worst, as far as radiation. >> id 0. one. >>kate: worst-case scenario everything goes wrong. what is the situation in the bay area on a scale of one to attend if that happens in today's question mark? >> 1. there shouldn't be any health hazard. to the bay area. >>kate: reporting live, kron 4 news. >>pam: on the phone to help us understand the implications of exposure to radiation, michael with the state public health. there is concern even though we are hearing from experts said it's unlikely the u.s. could really be affected by a meltdown and radiation from any plants in japan. nonetheless there is concern among the general population. what mess
as soon as we get it. >>> top u.s. nuclear officials say it could take days even weeks to get japan's nuclear plant contained. officials have tried to use even water cannons. this is an animated model that shows what could happen to the plume of radiation from that damaged japanese reactor. federal officials say this does not pose a danger but here on the coast, scientists are keeping a watchful eye on that plume. as more people head out of japan into the united states, passengers are coming under new scrutiny as security agents begin screening for radiation. >>> meanwhile, president obama has been trying to reassure americans that we are safe. they don't expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast or any other part of the united states. >> further more the centers of disease control do not recommend the people of the united states take precautionary measures beyond staying informed. >> the president also promised to keep americans up to date on the crisis in japan. >>> the california department of public health today joined with all of the others who were saying that
>>> in japan concerns over radiation are growing this morning after officials says there's a high likelihood that nuclear rods are melting down inside all three of the most troubling nuclear reactors. residents are being tested for radiation exposure. >> video is showing house forceful the tsunami was. black water sweeping away cars and homes as if they were toys. enough speed to knock homes on their foundation. >> the number of confirmed dead is 2800 but they believe at least 10,000 people have parished with so many still missing. >> the latest from japan including the fears at a nuclear plant has lost power. >> while the second explosion added to the tension in japan, many survivors have only just begun to mourn the loss of their loved ones, their homes and some their retired communities. devastation as far as the eyes can see. i was here, she said. it just came and washed everything away. this woman clung to a tree and grabbed a floating floor mat. the churning water washed her away. her daughter was with her but cannot be found. there are dead fish in the bathroom but it's dry
>>> more devastation in japan this morning, as the death toll from that massive quake and tsunami rises. >> also, tens of thousands of people are forced out of their homes amid fears of a nuclear meltdown. >>> fundraising efforts are underway to help the people hurt by that devastating earthquake in japan. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to mornings on 2. it is sunday, march 13. >> we do have ktvu's crews here, and in tokyo. we're going to hear from them in a moment. >> first, let's check in with rosemary. >> sunrising at 7:24. still dark out there. in addition to clouds outside our door. that ahead of a storm. the sunrising at 7:24. the best news about that, the sun setting at 7:15. with cloudy conditions out there, we are warmer than we started yesterday. we're tracking the storm, and we'll talk about the wet active pattern, expected as we move through next week as well. all of that coming up in just a few moments. >>> this morning, there are near fears the death toll from the disaster could go over 10,000. this is new video that shows the severity of the disasters in th
're not sure exactly what's happening right now at a crippled nuclear plant in japan but it looks like things are getting a lot worse. >> reporter: cal state orders all of the students study in japan to come home. how the uc policy differs drastically. that and more. "mornings on 2" starts right now. >>> good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> there's some rain showers coming down. let's get right to steve. >>> well, it's ended now. it's more drizzly, light rain. there's not a lot going on. the computer shows the system moving through. there will be drier air coming in behind that. we're not done yet. there is a little bit of rain towards the east bay but everything seems to be falling apart. towards the south bay there's been light showers, back to the mountains. peninsula, things are on dry side. as we go out wide, you can see there's nothing out in the north bay. >> the roads are wet. so sal has an update on that. >>> this is on the border of orinda and la fayette. this has traffic backed up all the way out to walnut creek. that's a good long way. it's backed up past the ha
particles from japan have reached the bay area. they detected it on the student monitors here, i'll tell you if you should be worried coming up. >> live look at golden gate bridge this morning. we've had rain and showers move through. i'm tracking two strong storms that will move through our area in three days. flooding is possible, hail, thunder, maybe power outages. >> road are wet. we've seen a couple of spinouts. >> and libya with frozen airspace after united nations security council votes to put a no-fly zone over the country. >> got some rain out there. possibly slick roads. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's talk about that. mike, what is going on? >> we have showers. we talked about showers ahead of the main line. that is exactly what we're dealing with. some of those are stronger and oranges on the radar but seeing some of this tape earned a not be quite as strong. in fact, we had a couple lightning bolts, as it's moving through santa rosa and st. helena, same thing around san rafael heading over 37 around novato and then heading over 37 toward vallejo. then light rain aroun
from japan is diluted into the atmosphere. that no one more than a few miles of the plant is at risk. this afternoon, federal officials said labs advisory center is at this hour actively tracking the plume. they declined to provide details or let me inside today. these pictures are from my most recent visit. the fire, however, is worry. lifting potentially radioactive particles into stronger winds. still, even the much more serious explosive meltdown sickened no one more than 30 miles away. >> it's not the radiation risk, it's an issue. it's really the technology is probably at risk. because of the perception. >> reporter: the perception of risk. i want to show you this website. this is a real time live radiation network recording of radiation levels across the country. you can see the numbers here in the san francisco about 32. the numbers up and down the coast all very low. only until about 130 counts per minute is there any concern. in 53 years, there has never been a single death in the united states from nuclear power accidents. now you should combine that with the fact that 3
. >> the u.s. department of energy specialisterize now in japan. and berkeley-nuclear engineer are installing a radiation detector on campus although they insist there is no radiation problem here. john fowler, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> the earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors in japan is raising eyes about california's nuclear reactors. ktvu's mike mibach is in san francisco with what he learned. >> reporter: right here outside of pg&e headquarters, one of the power plants. tonight in this earthquake prone state they are calling for more studdies. >> reporter: california's nuclear power plant, today images from the filt near sacramento closed in 1989. officials say nuclear fuel remains on site. >> a small amount measurables. >> reporter: the nuclear power plant creates 15% of the state's electricity. it's designed to with stand a 5.5 magnitude quake. >> the structure where we pull in ocean cooling water for the cooling source is designed to with stand a tsunami up to 45 feet. >>> fault was detected a half mile away from the plant. >> we along with the usgs discovered the shoreline fault. >
>>> the worst earthquake in a century rocks japan. >>> a voluntary evacuation is in place. we'll have more from pacific ca coming up. >> the san francisco police department has closed part of ag the public to stay away from that area. >> and the great grandparents of a bay area man believed they would be reliving an event. >>> welcome, i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. we're following a tsunami. it's moving as fast as a jetliner. a 23-foot tsunami was triggered by that massive 8.9 magnitude quake. a smaller one hit hawaii two hours ago. there's a tsunami warning along the pacific coast, including the bay area where it is expected to hit at 8:08. 300 bodies have been down in the coastal city of san die. 349 are missing. >> this ca trass trophy in japan is having a warning on us in the bay area. a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire area. we have team coverage. we go to sfo where a flight from japan is scheduled to and shortly. first, let's go to ktvu's jade hernandez in pacifica. you have information about the schools. >> reporter: pacifica schools have been shut
plant at a power plant in japan? >> caller: pam, wanting i can say is that as more and more information comes out of will have more information. and expect to what happens. right now, which are glued to the news coverage we are watching you. and seen the images and we totally understand why folks would be concerned in the united states. it is really too early to draw any conclusions and make assumptions about that plant. and the assumptions of if it is built the same? >> caller: i am not aware of the building construction of the plant but the el diablo canyon was billed for the coast for which it sets. it was designed for the ocean. with different and environmental hazards in mind like earthquakes, some of the south. in fact, the power block is a thousand feet above sea routsee level. in addition, we have seismically reinforced structures. all of our systems, components are put into the plant with seismic safety in mind. a long-term seismic program in mind. we've been on staff team of geoscientists the constantly looking at the seismology activity. with moving tectonic plates. especiall
nuclear power plant in japan. we have a live report from japan next. >>> pretty good rain yesterday afternoon evening especially in the north bay. are we about done with this system now? what we can expect in the next couple of days. >>> a majority university is telling its exchange students to get out of japan. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> good morning, thank you for joining us it's wednesday march 16th i'm pam cook. >> and i'm dave clark. let's check your weather and traffic. here is steve. >> thank you very much. about an inch to two inches plus in the north bay yesterday. what is left now is a lot of cloud cover. highs today will be cooler. we have upper 50s and low 60s. about another half hour we will have cloudy skies. expect cooler temperatures today and we will talk about the upcoming weekend. here is sal. >>> steve, on the roads it's a little bit wet. as you mixed the south -- as you mentioned the south bay is not getting much rain. it is pretty quiet there. on the sunol grade we have people that is slowing down. let's go back to the desk. >>> thank you. in
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
here in menlo park and in japan have updated the magnitude of the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. the change means the quake was 1.5 times stronger than they initially thought. the official death toll approximately 2,000 people now. >> however, the projected death toll is well over 10,000. thousands of people still remain missing while survivors are coping with emergency shelters. rescue crews are battling long distances and has destruction as they try to reach these survivors. more than 1 million people are still without water and power. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan tonight, reporting live from tokyo. we will check in with him at approximately 6:15. well, the nuclear crisis in japan continues the deepen at this hour. reports of a third explosion. it happened within the last 90 minutes of the crippled fukushima daiichi power plant. the associated press reports the latest explosion was a reactor where the water levels left fuel rods exposed. they're trying to keep temperatures under control. earlier today, these pictures were taken of a hydrogen explosion in anothe
of japan, and near san that japan's. dozens of cities and villages along the 1,300 mi. were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as tokyo. hundreds of miles away from the epicenter. the longest quake in japan's history. here is a video out of japan. the impact on the buildings, all the debris and fires that were sparked here by this request. this was the scene in downtown tokyo. scary stuff. the seed was repeated in a handful of other cities. more video to show you this morning of the capital. workers rushed out of the buildings in search of stable ground. you can see the panic. crowds gathered in the streets trying to reach relatives on cell phones. you can see the damage. this was cnn's bureau in tokyo. the tapes, and desks, shelves everything come down. everyone getting outside because they didn't know what was coming next. eight people have died, that was the earliest report. we are getting and the other reports say death toll has risen to 40. that number will likely rise through the day keeping an eye on that. the impact is we have a tsunami warning issued for th
standing by. >>> to the latest in japan. reeling from friday's earthquake and a massive tsunami. today a 3rd explosion rocked japan as engineered scramble to prevent a release of radiation. more than 2,000 bodies have washed ashore. and 15,000 reported missing, 1500 deaths have been confirmed. adam housely has the latest from japan. >> reporter: earthquake and tsunami and aftershocks. now the threat of a nuclear melt down. >> the device to cool the rods has been dysfunctioned and the water level did start to fall. [ speaking foreign language ] >> they are coming to the correct conclusions but it's doubtful whether they are correctly reporting the conclueses. >> japan asked the u.s. for help dealing with multiple reactors at multiple locations. obmonday another hydrogen explosion sent a gray cloud into the sky and forces hundreds to flee. >> i was told the plant was safe from tsunamis. >> reporter: those assuranced washed away. four days later new home video shows the wall of water devouring everything in its path. >> i saw the water and i ran. the water was chasing me like that. >> when th
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news, deadly disaster, new concerns of a nuclear meltdown in japan, while that country is still reeling from yesterday's powerful earthquake. >>> many marylanders wait to hear from loved ones in the devastation after the historic earthquake in japan. i'm weijia jiang, hear their story next. >>> game advocates thought 2011 would be their year. we'll explain what is standing in the way of legalizing same-sex marriage. >>> the skies are clear this morning, could we see some warmer weather on the horizon soon? meteorologist tim williams a the answer in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> we are getting a look at the scope of the devastation in japan this morning, as a massive rescue effort is underway to find survivors of the disaster that rocked the entire pacific. good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday, i'm gigi barnett. we'll have more on the situation in a moment, but first. >> good morning to you. those pictures and this whole situation is as fascinating as it is horrible. it's one of
. officials in japan hope the helicopter bucket brigade can keep the reactors from overheating while the plant operators scramble to install a power line and use electricity to restore the reactor's cooling systems. >>> now, less than an hour ago, word came that the united states will start evacuating americans from japan, including private citizens and the families of u.s. personnel. president obama informed japan's prime minister of the plans tonight. the obama administration is chartering aircraft to accommodate americans who want to leave. also today the chairman of the u.s. regulatory commission says radiation near the fukushima plant is extremely high and damage at one reactor and worse than the japanese officials have acknowledged. >> and janna katsuyama just returned hours ago from tokyo. she is here now live. but how are the people feeling there now? >> well, it is a difficult situation there. walking through tokyo, the trains and the stations and the airport, there wasn't really any signs of panic or chaos. but we did find many foreigners quietly leaving. driving from tokyo to hanita
in concord allie rasmus. >>> time now 5:02. turning to japan where there is growing concern of report there is may have been a third explosion at a nuclear power plant. japanese government says a nuclear reactor lost its cooling capacity and in just the last half hour officials say nuclear fuel rods in the plant for fully exposed. two explosions have already been reported in two other nuclear reactors in the plant. the u.s. navy has started moving ships and aircraft away from the coast of japan. the estimated death toll has topped 10,000 from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. that is after 1,000 more bodies washed ashore an long japan's northeast coastline. large areas are still surrounded by water. they are unreachable. survivors in the hardest hit area have been without running water or electricity since that 8.9 quake hit on friday. ktvu jana katsuyama is in tokyo for us this morning. think will bring us a live update that is coming up in the next hour. >>> safety concerns will keep the traffic away from boat harbors. docks are unstable in some parts. there is also concerns they
six >> mark: a.m., the latest out of japan forcing japan's workers to evacuate the power plant. the steps being taken to get them back in. >> darya: travelers are anxious to get out of japan amid fears of reactioradiation contaminati >> mark: the new killer crisis in japan is our top story at 6:00 a.m. >> darya: we are going attack the latest in japan in just one minute. >> mark: first and early check gone bay area weather. >> james: those rainshowers seem to be pushing off at this point. we are not seeing a lot in the area of rain. 680 north of martinez looks like it may be getting rain. walnut creek expecting showers momentarily. otherwise they will taper off, but it won't last long. more heavier rain said it not for friday much more coming up in a bit. >> erica: crosstown freeways no problems here, but i might have bought spot for the moral saw a tall you wear street dead. >> mark: the team that has been working to prevent a meltdown in the new fuel plant is getting ready to go back into the plant to try and cool the reactor spirit they were evacuated today. more smoke is ri
have been stopped due to the earthquake. >> it's been problematic. >> reporter: a main concern in japan is power. with the destruction to the power lines, the companies are concerned about blackouts. so they decided to do rolling black outs through the rest of the month on a daily basis. what they have told us, there are 23 wards that will not be effected. we understand from our taxi driver, that some of the major companies have shut down for the day, even though it's monday. >> reporter: put on the television news reports where there have been breaking news from the power companies. but i wanted to show you one thing, since we arrived here, we have experienced some 2, 3 aftershocks and it's rocked the hotel room. i was in the middle of an interview and it was rocking the building. i wanted to show you the cell phone that i got has an earthquake setting and when i set that, as soon as i got here it started ringing like crazy. just seconds before the aftershock. it's really been an uneasy situation here for people in tokyo because here we are days after and you are still feeling the shak
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
of japan. >>reporter: according to japan's chief secretary, at current radiation levels detected in not pose an immediate health risk to citizens. evacuation orders are in effect and fear is widespread. >> this accident is not a problem restrictiorestricted tor area i asked people japan to recognize this as a national problem. >>reporter: they're still trying to grasp the magnitude of last friday's historic disaster. if the rescue and recovery continues as the number of dead and missing nears 15,000. rescue crews are still hopeful of finding survivors. there's still plenty of opportunity for us to find it lives. >>reporter: that effort is being hampered by freezing temperatures and snow. as a precaution the u.s. embassy in tokyo is recommending that americans who live within 50 mi. of the nuclear plant evacuate. in washington, samantha hayes. >>pam: dr. alan hanson, with the institute for international studies in stamford joins us tonight to answer some of the questions and concerns people have. thank you for joining us. if it is true, the u.s. government hasn't been confirmed by
>>> fears of another disaster in japan as the struggle continues to control damaged nuclear power plants. >>> authorities catch a suspect using a seldom-used kind of d ney comparison. we'll have details coming up. >>> five people wound in an overnight incident in san francisco. why it could be gang-related. the noon news begins now. >> good afternoon. >>> topping our news in japan, the threat of nuclear contamination from a damaged power plant is growing more critical and is causing complications for people struck in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. david piper begins our coverage. >> reporter: survivors of the deadly earthquake and tsunami have something else to worry about, fears of failing nuclear reaction yarr for the in japan. men, women, and others around the area undergoing contamination checks. >> that's how it is, i think. if they test me, i will be relieved. >> reporter: officials ordered 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors because of soaring radiation levels after an explosion and fire at the fukushima plant on tuesday. the government said
>>> the death toll rises in japan amid the quake and tsunami devastation. today, worries are growing about the crisis at nuclear plants. >>> in just minutes, local leaders will be meeting to discuss the disaster situation in japan. we'll show you how you can help. >>> as the damage cleanup resumes today in santa cruz, we now have this video of the moment the surge of waves hit the harbor. that story and more on ktvu channel 2 news at noon. >>> good afternoon. topping our news, the u.s. is stepping up relief efforts to help japan recover from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami. the death toll also continues to rise and concern is growing over the threat of a possible nuclear plant meltdown. craig boswell begins our coverage with this report. >> reporter: just days after the devastating and deadly earthquake and tsunami in japan, help is arriving. two u.s. search and rescue teams are on the ground to assist operations from dozens of other countries. 75-member u.s. teams include at least 12 rescue dogs from los angeles. >> the united states will continue to offer any
. >> speaking of food and water are in short supply for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survive glors japan, and temperatures are near freezing. rescuers are pulling bodies and some survivors from the mud-covered wreckage of homes and cars. over 1400 people are confirmed dead. one police heave says the toll could top 10,000. >> reporter: with images that speak for themselves, japan's prime minister spoke frankly inch the 65 years after the end of world war ii, this is the toughest, most difficult crisis for japan. sendai and surrounding areas resellle a war zone as troops race to pull the living from the ruins. this man was pulled nine miles out to sea, rescued while floating on his roof top. another man rescued said he refused to die. my thoughts were focused on my family. i decided to make every effort to survive. that anyone survived the tsunami seems a miracle. witnesses say massive walls pouring past barreer, into homes. this woman is pregnant. >> i don't know exactly what's going on. >> reporter: authorities have announced rolling blackouts. lines for water and gas are getting longer,
the steps some bay area universities are now taking to protect their students studying in japan. that's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> good morning, thank you for waking up with us it's wednesday, march 16th i'm pam cook. let's check in with steve paulson. >> we do have cloudy skies. light rain tapering off as the rain is moving through. steady rain in the north bay. you can see it's sliding south, but there is not much of a break in the cloud cover. look for lows in the 50s with decreasing raining. >>> highway 24 lafayette looking pretty good heading up to the tunnel this morning. it's wet as we have been mentioning. also this morning's commute will be okay in oakland but the rain has just moved through here as well. let's go back to the desk. >>> we begin this morning in the situation in japan where they are desperately they are trying to prevent a meltdown at the nuclear power plant. helicopters have been sent in to dump water on the plant's reactors in an effort to cool them down. for a time today the 180 workers remaining at the plant had to leave after a serge in radiation le
>>> also, new nuclear concerns in japan that there is a direct connection to the u.s. navy. >>> it's been an anxious morning for some b.a.r.t. comcommuters -- commuters. >>> right now, hundreds of bay area community college students and their supporters are heading north to the state's capitol. "mornings on 2" starts now. >>> well, good morning to you. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's monday, march 14th. >>> just hours ago, b.a.r.t. took -- took care of one problem. >> sal has more on the coverage. >> what happened? >> the system is running well. allie rasmus has more. >> reporter: well, right now, there are delays of trains coming in san francisco. at the concord station. that brought the strain line and traffic to a complete standstill. news chopper 2 was overhead when it happened. b.a.r.t. officials still don't know why that derailment happened. crews worked overnight to remove the derailed tank -- train. at 4:00 a.m. this morning, the work was complete and selves was restored. back out here live, there were delays. when we talked to commuters this morning, they are re
of radiation in that area. same on perez tonight looks at whether it is possible the radiation from japan to make its way here to the bay area. simon? record record allen, experts say that is quite unlikely that it will get here to ocean beach and the rest of california. even if it did, experts say there is a system in place to detect it. >> the only thing i would be surprised is if we actually detected anything. i mean, i really don't think that's going to happen. >> reporter: katherine is a nuclear expert at oregon state university. she says the small amount of radioactive material released into the air in japan will drop into the pacific ocean before it reaches the coast. >> when you dissolve salt into water, what happens? while dilution is not the solution to pollution in this case, it is going to make it so you really can't measure it. are. >> reporter: for more than 25 years the california department of health has operated a system of sensors to detect radioactive material in the state's air, water and food. the sensors are placed along the coast from border to border. the state won
. this is abc news, japan. >> she just mentioned iodine tablet. one pharmacy we spoke to in santa cruz says there they have been sold out of tablet because of concern about radiation. public health experts say there is very little risk of the radioactive material actually reaching california unless the disaster gets worse in japan. even then the public health threat probably we are told by experts would be very small. one expert at lawrence livermore lab told us tonight that particle from asia could reach the united states in about 80 hours but that depend on the jet stream. talk about the jet stream and weather pattern involved here we'll turn to our weather expert spencer christian who is watching that for us tonight. >> let me start by shoying the current position of the jet stream and let's talk about how useful the jet stream is as tool and weather forecasting. narrow band in powerful wind. steering current for the weather system and jet stream can be forceful with winds up to 300 miles per hour and much mild we are winds down to 100 miles per hour so that could cause moisture or w
>> darya: 70 a.m. top story the latest out of japan as the death toll climbs after the earthquake and tsunami that hit friday. >> mark: worries grow over possible melt down of japan's power plant. >> darya: the first full day of trading after the quake. japan's money takes a dive. >> mark: we are live in santa cruz, the latest in the cleanup after is in the harbor. kron 4 news at 7:00 a.m. start to melt. cal. >> darya: thanks for waking up march 11th, 2011. sorry it's march 14th. >> mark: across the pacific and the latest out of japan following the earthquake and tsunami. officials say 1000 bodies have washed up along the coast line as you see this anomaly that head. the death toll 2800, officials say it will likely to rise above the 10,000. millions of survivors are facing a third night without food, water, heating. a power plant to 150 mi. north of tokyo. fuel rods were temporarily exposed. in net unprecedented move they are channeling seawater into the reactor 11 workers were injured in the latest explosion >> darya: you have seen the water, we have video coming out of one of t
there aren't anymore earthquakes in japan. >> we just want to it end. >> and you can see the debris about to slam into the boat just barely missing it. but so... there is a tsunami warning has been down graded. i can see the water is starting to get active now. the governor has been declaring a state of emergency in four counties and there are methods of debris. >> delnorte county another place where a state of emergency has been called. coast guard says a man was taking photos of the tsunami near the mouth of the river when he was struck by a powerful wave. and at 4:00 in the morning alarms sounded and some people took shelter in a center set up by the red cross. >> i love my house, and my spot. i love crescent city. i'm afraid of what happens when i come home. >> the tide began rising after 7:30 this morning and crested at more than eight feet. california patrol estimates 35 boats were damaged or sunk by the surge. >> and there is surge that's caused extensive damage in oregon. several jelss sunk in the harbor. a half dozen others were swept out to sea. four people were pulled into the
>>> good morning, tsunami warnings blanket the pacific and the death toll is climbing in japan after that devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. we received this video moments ago. >>> a voluntary evacuation is in place. that is according to san mateo county office emergency management. we have a live report along the coast in pacifica. >>> good morning, to you welcome to friday it's march 11th i'm dave clark. >> and i'm pam cook. we want to go to our top story. the quake and tsunami in japan. it's effecting direct impact on the bay area this morning. emergency crews are now shutting down some bay area beaches and roads and up and down the coast of california. ktvu jade hernandez is in pacifica this morning with what is going on there. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning, we are at a pier in pacifica. we have been monitoring the water this morning. i spoke with someone art the san mateo office. a voluntary evacuation order is in place. that is west of highway one mainly because of the beaches there. also the voluntary evacuation order is in place for lind mar and hal
desperate measures. et the situation involving japan's severely earthquake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plants is getting worse. in fact, the threat of a nuclear meltdown has reached an all-time high. tonight, kron4 has team coverage, including a look at what's happening right now in japan to help avoid the worst- case scenario. what bay area officials are saying about the situation and the possibility of radiation making it to our shores. >>> plus, the run on certain products use to treat radiation sickness. >>> tonight, a surge of radiation at fukushima's power plant in japan made it too dangerous for the workers to stay. the emergency operation to keep the plant from reaching a meltdown was suspended. kron4's jonathan bloom explains the latest developments at japan's nuclear plants. >> we're learning that minutes ago, 50 out of the 800 evacuated workers have been allowed back into the facility now that radiation levels some somewhat subsided. they were evacuated for just under an hour from the plant that's located here near the city of sendai. but the situation there remains so dange
. >> alan: now on to japan where the nation is facing humanitarian and nuclear emergencies. the estimated death toll climbed to 10,000. more video was made available today on the tsunami. >> alan: the newsroom with more. >> reporter: japan's prime minister said this is their worst crisis since world war ii. they have dedoubled the numbers of soldiers deployed to help out to 8,000. >> i don't know what's what's -- what's going on. >> crews are dumping seawater into two reactors in a last-ditch effort to avoid a meltdown. officials warped of -- warned of a second exploasmghts health department is having screenings. 22 people tested positive for radiation exposure. those exposed are asked to shower and place the clothes and shoes in plastic bag. the authorities say the exposure levels pose no long-term risk to health. one survivor said he was in water. >> i felt i was dying. i was pushed into the water. but my thoughts of my family, i decided to make every effort to survive. >> reporter: nearly all the houses and buildings in the area were swept away by the waves. in this town, local officia
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